Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Brooklyn Brewery – Post Road Pumpkin Ale

If I haven’t said this already, I’m a huge fan of pumpkin beer. There is just a natural harmony that exists with beer and spices and warmth. It is a delicate mix, however, because too much pumpkin and the beer styles get lost, and too little is disappointing.

My favorite, up to this point, has been the Shipyard Pumpkin Ale. I liked it because in addition to the pumpkin flavor, it was infused with nutmeg and cinnamon with a lovely spice.

So, when I saw a new pumpkin ale come out from the Brooklyn Brewery, I had to try it. I wanted to see it it would be in the same league. I’ve never tried anything the Brooklyn Brewery has put out. This is probably because their packaging is very baseball-ish, and they aren’t very readily available in New England. But the Post Road Pumpkin ale has a beautiful label with a New England colonial feel… very different.

When I opened it, the smell was definitely of pumpkin spices. This is a good sign in my eyes because when I can smell that it is different than beer, they likely haven’t gone the “subtle” route. On tasting it, I was really happy! They went the well-balanced route, and succeeded brilliantly! I have to say that this might surpass the Shipyard as my favorite pumpkin ale. The Shipyard is a little bit more malty/syrupy and is heavier (it almost encourages you to drink it warm..) but this Post Road was perfect, I could have it at any time of day. Clean flavor that is very complex – in a word, awesome!

To sweeten it up, you can even rim a glass with maple syrup, then dust it with cinnamon/sugar. A lovely autumn treat. Pick it up and bring it to Thanksgiving dinner. You won’t regret it!


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  1. David James

    Hey Beer Babe,
    Nice beer review. I’ve become more and more enamored with the pumpkin beers over the past couple years. Each autumn I seek out anything new I haven’t tried.
    One of my favorite pumpkin beers so far is Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. Have you tried it yet? Give it a shot if you haven’t. It’s the perfect brew for after Thanksgiving dinner. Great job!

  2. Anonymous

    slightly confused–you say you’d never had anything from the brooklyn brewery, but what about your august post describing the grand cru?


  3. The Beer Babe

    Funny you should mention the Southern Tier Pumpkin. Its on the “waiting shelf” to go in my fridge next, actually. Thanks for the tip!

  4. theviceblog

    Just about to review the Post Road Pumpkin myself.

    I couldn’t tell if you have yet, but assuming you haven’t, try the Pumking from Southern Tier. Far and away the best pumpkin ale I’ve ever had.


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